What are some major Modernist themes found in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land"?

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One of the poem's distinctively Modernist themes is that there's always more than meets the eye, always much more going on beneath the surface. Post-war society as depicted by Eliot appears ostensibly normal, but in actuality, the very foundations are collapsing as the old certainties gradually start to disappear one by one.

Some of the action in The Waste Land takes place in London—but in this fractured, fragmented world, it might as well be happening just about anywhere. What matters is that the common intellectual and cultural heritage of Christendom has been rent asunder, with everyone occupying their own little worlds, driven on by their deepest psychological needs. This accounts for Eliot's use of multiple voices in The Waste Land . Humankind, as he...

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